Back into time to remember the local singles survey from Tuesday, November 30, 1976.

  • 10

    "Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

    (#7 last week) Dr. Buzzard's manager, Tommy Mottola, namechecked in the lyrics, later rose to fame as the head of CBS Records and as the control-freak husband of Mariah Carey, who he helped discover.

  • 9

    "Just To Be Close To You" by The Commodores

    (#4 last week) Kind of a weird song musically, full of tempo changes. For many years, I've been obsessed with how Lionel Richie says the word "purpose". It comes out as "purpossssssssse". LOL.

  • 8

    "More Than A Feeling" by Boston

    (#13 last week) VHI, in a 2009 show counting down trhe best hard rock songs of all time, named this #39. It took leader Tom Scholz over five years to complete. Strangely, Scholz credits the 1966 hit "Walk Away Renee" by the Left Banke as his main inspiration.

  • 7

    "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot

    (#10 last week) This classic story song apparently has some historical inaccuracies, which Lightfoot acknowledges. He said he used the true story of the ship's sinking in 1975 to "tell a story".

  • 6

    "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)" by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

    (#11 last week) Two/fifths of the 5th Dimension, the married duo won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo Or Group for this million-seller. The song features the final studio performance by legendary bassist James Jamerson, mainly known for his incredible work of dozens of Motown classics.

  • 5

    "The Rubberband Man" by The Spinners

    (#6 last week) Silly personal story: Nov. 30, 1976 I was wrking in the music departent at 99X in New York and was answering the request lines one night when DJ Steve "Smokin" Weed needed me to pretend to be a "good request line voice". The song I requested was this one. Weed said, "ya got a nice speaking voice, Don!" A proud moment. LOL.

  • 4

    "Love So Right" by The Bee Gees

    (@#3 last week) Partially recorded in Quebec at the same time as "You Should Be Dancing", this was the second single from the album "Children Of The World". Traditional Gibb sound, but with Barry's falsetto taking charge.

  • 3

    "Muskrat Love" by The Captain & Tennille

    (#5 last week) A love song between two RATS? You're kidding, right? No. But remember 1972's "Ben"? That was about a rat, too. And that was was between a rat and a HUMAN. LOL. Not remembered well, this was originally recorded by the group America. So don't blame the Captain & Tennille.

  • 2

    "Disco Duck (Part 1)' by Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots

    (#1 last week; was #1 for 6 weeks) Muskrats making lover and dancing ducks. The charts had to hell in a handbasket! Dees was a DJ in Memphis when this hit, and was told by his management that he could not play his own song because of "conflict of interest". Well, he did...and was fired! Just as well. He ended up in Los Angeles, where he has become a legendary DJ.

  • 1

    "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart

    (#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Many of Stewart's oldest fans felt this was the moment Rod "jumped the shark", going full-tilt pop, abandoning the bluesy rock he had been known for. But the general public made it his biggest hit single. That's his then-girlfriend Britt Ekland cooing in French at the end.